“The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.”–Albert Schweitzer
It appears that nearly every advancement in civilized society has been adopted through social solidarity. In fact, it is difficult to achieve progress without it. The implementation of solidarity by many human rights organizations has been key throughout their memberships because there is real power in numbers.
Right now, the world faces a raft of difficult problems. Situations such as the continuing Covid pandemic, to global climate change, and human rights abuses require the strength of solidarity to arrive at solutions. In their commitment to helping solve international problems, the United Nations has set aside today as “International Human Solidarity Day”. The U.N. states, “It is in the spirit of solidarity that the Organization relies on ‘cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character’ as well”.
The organization’s objective in their commitment is to “eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations.”
According to the U.N., “International Human Solidarity Day is: a day to celebrate our unity in diversity; a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements; a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity; a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication; a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.”
As global citizens, we face the responsibility to provide a better world for future generations and improve conditions for people alive today. As individuals, we can support efforts to bring solidarity of intent and energy towards solving global problems.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes leader of the 1980 Gdańsk shipyards strike, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Polish President from 1990 to 1995, Lech Walesa. “The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience.”